The Potter’s Hands

Today I saw a picture of the hands of a potter as he forms a clay vessel on the potter’s wheel.

I’ve seen pictures like it before, but today I noticed, especially, the dirtiness of the potter’s hands.

Of course, that makes sense that if you are working with clay, you will get your hands dirty!

But I got to thinking of how God is the Potter and we are the clay.  Thinking of God getting His hands dirty for the likes of me kind of blows my mind!  It is so hard to grasp such a concept!

God is holy, after all!  In Him is no sin.  But Jesus came and became sin for us, He who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.

Us??  Sinners that we are??  Made righteous??


In HIM.  That is in Christ.

“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.  2 Corinthians 5:21

Jesus despised the shame of the cross, not just the shame of public humiliation, but the shame of taking our sin on Himself and being filthy with it before His Holy Father.

But He did it for you and me because His love for each of us compelled Him and gave Him:

  • joy in forseeing the future of our faith in Him,
  • joy in seeing that our sins would be eradicated through His blood,
  • joy in looking forward to our being with Him forever!

“Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  Hebrews 12:2


person making pottery in room

  • Somehow, that deepens my appreciation for God and for His love for me.
  • It humbles me, knowing that the Potter did that for me, the clay!

It fills me with love for Him Who valued me enough to BE the way  for me to be made a new creation in Christ!

I hope it will for you, as well!

Praising God with you,


*Photo by Skitterphoto on

20 thoughts on “The Potter’s Hands

  1. Amen!! There is song that I used to sing that was about the Potter’s hands molding me and making me. We need to always be praising Him for His grace filled sacrifice, that He loves us so much!! What Godly encouragement in this thought on what all our Potter does for us!

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  2. Wow! Such a great analogy of how God gets His hands dirty as our Potter. I will always remember that now. lol Really enjoyed this post and how you connected the motivation Jesus had to make it through getting dirty on our behalf. “For the joy set before Him…” Thank you for even being specific on what that joy was based upon. Well done!

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  3. Oh wow! That makes perfect sense, but I hadn’t connected this! He chose to get his hands dirty, to get involved with us on a very personal level!

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